Diversity in sports

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2018, file photo, Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma watches the action in the second half of an NCAA basketball game against Tulane, in New Orleans. Auriemma says he has no interest in coaching the school's men's team. But the Hall-of-Famer, who has won 11 national championships, also says he could do it and would enjoy doing it. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld, File)
March 15, 2018 - 6:25 am
NEW YORK (AP) — For the past decade it's been easy to pick UConn to win the national championship. Four of the past five years you would have been correct if you tabbed the Huskies to win the title. Last year, though, Mississippi State shocked the women's basketball world by ending UConn's 111-game...
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March 13, 2018 - 12:28 pm
A study of teams in the NCAA Tournament shows that graduation rates for men's basketball players have become stagnant and that the sport's governing body may need to raise academic standards to get them moving upward again. The most recent report from the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport...
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March 02, 2018 - 7:40 pm
FIFA is still waiting for Iran to allow women into soccer matches, and still resisting sanctioning the country. Just like predecessor Sepp Blatter five years ago, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has returned from a trip to Tehran with a reassurance from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that women...
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Darrell Wallace Jr. does a selfie video as he walks around during media day for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
February 17, 2018 - 1:30 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Richard Petty rarely visits pit road after a race anymore and usually with good reason. The Hall of Fame driver's eponymous race team has toiled for decades in mediocrity, with checkered flags all but extinct. Bubba at Daytona changed the game. Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr...
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Linesman Shandor Alphonso signals a clean transition across the blue line during the third period of an NHL hockey game between the Arizona Coyotes and the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. The NHL has almost two dozen black players but just one black official in linesman Shandor Alphonso and one black coach in Flames assistant Paul Jerrard. Alphonso, Jerrard and recently retired linesman Jay Sharrers hope they can show young minorities they can stay in hockey beyond playing. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
February 13, 2018 - 6:09 am
Shandor Alphonso never envisioned his hockey career taking him to officiating. He didn't have to look far to see it was possible. As a young, black player, all Alphonso had to do was watch "Hockey Night in Canada" or the Stanley Cup Final and he saw fellow minority Jay Sharrers working as a...
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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James' shoes are emblazoned with "EQUALITY" on both heels during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, in Washington. When LeBron James stepped on the court wearing mismatched sneakers in the nation’s capital, it wasn’t a fashion statement by the NBA’s most popular athlete. The message was clearly emblazed in gold on the back of his kicks. Sneaker enthusiasts around the world eagerly await NBA All-Star weekend when new and limited editions of the latest shoes make their debut, but the month leading up to highly anticipated shoe palooza is a time often used to make a social statement.(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
February 13, 2018 - 3:27 am
When LeBron James stepped on the court wearing mismatched sneakers in the nation's capital, it wasn't a fashion statement by the NBA's most popular athlete. The message was clearly emblazed in gold on the back of his kicks, one white and one black: Equality. Sneaker enthusiasts around the world...
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In this screen grab provided by the Life.ru, the wreckage of a AN-148 plane is seen in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. Russia's Emergencies Ministry says a passenger plane has crashed near Moscow and fragments of it have been found. (Life.ru via AP)
February 11, 2018 - 3:09 pm
EDITORS: Resending to show two budget-related stories planned, TRUMP-BUDGET and TRUMP-INFRASTRUCTURE. Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. ---------------- TOP STORIES ---------------- RUSSIA-PLANE CRASH — A Russian passenger plane carrying 71...
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In this Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 photo, an unidentified jumper practices for the women's ski jump competition in the 2018 Winter Olympics at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Center in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Women ski jumpers at the Pyeongchang Olympics are permitted to compete in one event, the normal hill, the men get three: the normal hill, the large hill and a team event. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
February 10, 2018 - 11:54 pm
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — They were the Cinderella story of the Sochi Olympics, the women ski jumpers who were finally allowed to compete in the Games after a years-long struggle for equality. They had survived a court battle, proved their athletic prowess and knocked back endless excuses for...
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Kentucky head coach John Calipari reacts to a play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi State, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won 78-65. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
January 26, 2018 - 7:46 pm
Parity in the Southeastern Conference and Big 12 races has raised the stakes of Saturday's Big 12/SEC Challenge as teams in both leagues try to upgrade their NCAA Tournament credentials. Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said this week he'd be disappointed if the SEC doesn't get eight or nine NCAA...
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People cheer during a women's march rally Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
January 21, 2018 - 9:40 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Thousands of people poured into a football stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, the anniversary of women's marches around the world, to cap off a weekend of global demonstrations that participants hope will continue building momentum for equality, justice and an end to sexual harassment...
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